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Written Answers. - Animal Welfare.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 107. Mr. Dempsey Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  whether a common position amending the regulation prohibiting the use of leghold traps and prohibiting the importation to the EU of pelts and manufactured goods from certain wild animal species caught by methods which do not meet international humane trapping standards has been agreed in view of the fact that this is a stated priority during Ireland's Presidency of the EU concerning environmental policy in the union. [17813/96]

Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Mr. M. Higgins): Information on Michael D. Higgins Zoom on Michael D. Higgins Negotiations are ongoing with a number of fur-exporting countries to agree on International Humane Trapping Standards [1524] and the present round is taking place in St. Petersburg this week. It is hoped to conclude these negotiations before the end of October but no final definitive position can be adopted by the European Union until the negotiations have been concluded.


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